Aqua, the iconic Danish Europop group, is set to ignite the stage once again with their highly anticipated Barbie World Tour across the United States. With a promise of a vibrant explosion of ’90s wonder, complete with glitter, pink hues, and infectious beats, fans of Aqua are in for a nostalgic treat.
The Barbie World Tour will embark on a 20-date journey, beginning on November 12 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. The tour will weave its way through major cities including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago, before concluding with a grand finale on December 20 at the Hollywood Palladium.
Comprising of talented vocalists René Dif and Lene Nystrøm, along with keyboardist Søren Rasted (formerly Claus Norreen), Aqua is set to transport audiences back to the golden era of ‘90s pop. Their announcement comes at a time when the band is experiencing a resurgence in pop culture, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of their iconic hit “Barbie Girl.” Aqua’s involvement in the Barbie movie soundtrack and their sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles earlier this summer further solidify their enduring popularity.
Fans eagerly anticipating this electrifying tour can participate in the Spotify Fans First presale starting from Monday, August 28, at 10 a.m. ET. The general public will have the opportunity to secure their tickets on August 30, also at 10 a.m. ET.
The journey of Aqua is inseparable from the phenomenon that is “Barbie Girl.” Originally released as the third single from their album Aquarium in 1997, the song has left an indelible mark on the band’s legacy. In an insightful interview last year, Aqua members reflected on the profound impact of the track on their careers.
Lene Nystrøm, aged 49, shared, “I would be compared with ‘Barbie Girl’ all the time. It really made me into the darkest drug chick in the world with skulls all over because I had to do something opposite than that!” Despite its challenges, Nystrøm acknowledged the significant role the song played in shaping their trajectory.
Søren Rasted, aged 54, added his perspective, saying, “‘Barbie Girl’ kind of over-shined all the other hits we had. We didn’t have any other hits in America. We put ‘Lollipop (Candyman)’ out as the second single and it never worked. It was a bit disappointing because in America, suddenly we became a one-hit-wonder band. Do we wish things would’ve worked out differently in America? Absolutely.”
With the upcoming Barbie World Tour, Aqua is set to reignite the energy and nostalgia of their ’90s pop legacy, offering fans a chance to relive the era that left an indelible mark on music history.